GE - US info on Techno-Eugenics
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> Date Posted: 09/10/1999
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> Subject: News on Techno-Eugenics
> Welcome to the
> Techno-Eugenics Email List
> Number 1
> September 10, 1999
> WELCOME TO TEEL
> This is the first edition of the Techno-Eugenics Email List.
> As far as we know, it's the only list focused on the politics
> of the new human genetic and reproductive technologies.
> We support biotechnology in the public interest. We oppose
> policies and biotechnologies--including human germline
> engineering and human cloning--that foster inequality,
> discrimination, objectification, and the commodification
> of human genes and tissues.
> The pace of developments has picked up considerably in the
> past several months. And glimmers of opposition are starting
> to emerge. But most Americans--including most activists and
> academics--have no idea that a small group of influential
> scientists have launched a campaign to promote germline
> engineering, human cloning, and a techno-eugenic future.
> We've begun working to change that situation: to alert the
> public about the new technologies and the techno-eugenic vision;
> to educate environmental, social justice, women's health, public
> health, and other groups; and to create organized opposition.
> TEEL will consist largely of announcements about relevant
> events (especially in California), brief updates on important
> developments, and pointers to useful information.
> For at least the next several months, TEEL will be irregular
> (a couple times a month), informal, and non-automated. We'd
> welcome feedback, and suggestions about focus and format.
> A web site will be coming soon.
> Marcy Darnovsky will moderate. Send her submissions at the
> email address below.
> This first edition is being sent to people with whom we've
> been in contact about human cloning, germline engineering,
> genetic enhancement, and related issues.
> Let us know if you don't want to receive TEEL--we won't
> be hurt. On the other hand, feel free to pass TEEL on to
> others who may be interested in becoming involved, and
> encourage them to subscribe. No obligations!
> Marcy Darnovsky Rich Hayes
> firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
> UPDATE AND PLANNING MEETING - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
> Please join us to discuss the best next steps toward organizing
> opposition to techno-eugenics. We'll devote time both to
> conceptualizing a political framework for this effort, and
> to nuts-and-bolts planning for future events. We'll consider
> the possibility of a day-long conference before the end of the
> calendar year.
> Tuesday, September 21, at 7:00 p.m., in the offices of the
> Energy and Resources Group, 387 Barrows Hall, on the south
> side of the UC Berkeley campus, just east of Sproul Hall.
> (Email Rich Hayes for more detailed directions.)
> We'll provide coffee, tea, and dessert.
> Please let us know that you're planning to attend.
> The meeting will begin with very brief updates on recent
> developments, including:
> - the California State Advisory Committee on Human Cloning,
> and an activist protest against it in San Diego
> - the meaning of the media coverage of the so-called "smart
> mouse"--including Time's cover story on "the IQ gene"
> - James Grifo's effort at NYU to create babies with three
> genetic parents
> - a conference held at UC Berkeley by the Extropians, a
> group organizing in support of human germline enhancement,
> cloning, and cryogenics
> - the ABC Nightline special on human cloning
> - the "BioDevastation 3" grassroots conference in Seattle
> -- Briefing paper on "The Threat of the New Human Techno-
> Eugenics," by Rich Hayes. 8 pages. Available from
> -- GeneWatch, the newsletter of the Council for Responsible
> Genetics, has just published an excellent special issue
> (August 1999) on human cloning. Subscription information:
> CRG, 5 Upland Road, Suite 3, Cambridge, MA 02140. Phone:
> 617-868-0870. Individual subscriptions (6 issues) are $24.
> -- Wild Duck Review special issue on biotechnology, with
> detailed discussion of human genetic technologies. For
> information about copies, email Casey Walker, editor, at
> -- For the best recent short statement in a prestigious
> medical journal against human germline engineering, see
> "Human Germline Gene Modification: A Dissent," Paul
> Billings, Ruth Hubbard, and Stuart Newman. The Lancet
> Vol 353 Number 9167, 29 May 1999.
> -- Notes on the first two meetings of the California Cloning
> Committee, including testimony from Paul Billings of Council
> for Responsible Genetics. Available from Rich Hayes,
> -- ABC News "Nightline in Primetime" aired a special on human
> cloning on August 19, 1999. Anchor Ted Koppel and correspondent
> Robert Krulwich joined featured guest Lee Silver in endorsing
> human genetic enhancement. A 5-page summary is available from
> Marcy Darnovsky, firstname.lastname@example.org. Video copies and transcripts are
> available from ABC News (abcnews.com), which also has a web site
> based on the special at http://abcnews.go.com/onair/popoff/bnw .
> -- A list of recent books on the new human genetic technologies
> is available from Marcy Darnovsky, email@example.com.
> -- Notes on the acquisition by Geron, a Menlo Park biotech
> company, of Roslin Bio-Med and the nuclear transfer technology
> used to create Dolly, the cloned sheep. 2 pages. Available
> from Marcy Darnovsky, firstname.lastname@example.org.
> Mark Ritchie, President
> Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
> 2105 First Ave. South
> Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404 USA
> 612-870-3400 (phone) 612-870-4846 (fax)
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